Socceroo attacker Mathew Leckie is confident that Australia can win all their remaining World Cup Qualifiers.
The team sits atop their qualifying group with a 100% record and has conceded only one goal. However, they face a grueling schedule of four games in 11 days in the heat of Kuwait to seal qualification for 2022.
Speaking to the media on Monday from base camp in Dubai, Leckie was upbeat about preparations and the team assembled.
“We’ve come from all parts of the globe to come here and train” he said.
“We’ve had a week to get a feel for it and be around each other and we’re more than prepared for the upcoming games.
“we’re as fit as we’re going to be,” he said, pointing out that the majority of players are mostly coming to the end of their seasons with their respective clubs.
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Manager Graham Arnold has chosen a deep squad and has committed to giving all players game time in the upcoming games. Leckie is optimistic that the new faces can deliver.
“The A-league boys have done modified training, they come up to speed and they’ve all been training really well.” Leckie said.
Leckie’s versatility presents a welcome problem for Arnold. He can be used as a striker or winger and is dangerous in either role. His brace against Kuwait in the opening game of qualifiers underlined his quality in front of goal, but he remains un-fussed about where he plays.
“I enjoy both positions,” he said, pointing out he played either role at an elite European level for club side Hertha Berlin.
“Wherever Arnie sees I can help the team the most.”
“There are no egos, everyone’s here to work hard.”
This Australian team aiming for something special. Completing World Cup Qualification with a perfect record is not beyond them.
“The goal is to win al qualifying games,” says Leckie. “We want to break records that haven’t been achieved.”